Location Location Location

Maybe it’s quite late in the planning process to do a location themed post but maybe to some brides it might be helpful.

Our wedding, as you know, will be at RSYC (Republic of Singapore Yacht Club). M has been a member of this club for about 10 years already and frequents the place quite often. In fact, on 2 of our dates (before we became officially boyfriend-girlfriend) he brought me there and we walked on the jetty out onto the sea. We would stand there, enjoy the night breeze and talk for hours. Which is why the choice of holding the wedding there became so easy.. it was because it held great meaning and memories.

It was by the ocean.. although of in the distance is a shipyard but I didn’t mind, the far off lights made a pseudo star-twinkling effect that would make for great bokeh effects on our photographs 🙂

Cost wise, it was right up our alley. Because M was a member, we had great rates at $102 Nett per pax. Minimum guest count: 180.
This package included:
1. Seafood Live Barbeque Buffet (about 21 course)
2. Foreshore Deck Tent with table and chairs
3. 1 Night at the Bridal Suite
4. Wedding favors (our are measuring spoons reflecting my love for baking)
5. Flower centrepieces and decor
………. Aaaand a whole bunch of stuff that aren’t that important, like dummie cakes, champagne and parking coupons..

2013 hotel prices rarely get this low, especially when you want a 4 – 5 star hotel. Places like Capella and Fullerton start their prices at 1.5 – 1.8 K per table which works out to be $175 – $200 Nett per pax. We could afford it, if we wanted to but clearly, we didn’t.

Some might argue that we were in fact going to be it all back through the angbaos so we could just spend as much as we wanted first. Thats kinda true… assuming all your guest know the “market rate” for the hotel you choose. We just didn’t want to think about ang baos, they are only a token/blessing from our families, not a source of income to pay for our wedding.

Non-hotel weddings are not always the cheapest either because it involved a lot more vendors than a hotel who takes care of everything.. but it is so much more special. Look our for outdoor places like
La villa http://www.lavilla.sg/
Burkill Hall http://www.sbg.org.sg/visitorinfo/venueforrent.asp
Jewel Box http://www.mountfaber.com.sg/index.php?option=com_video

Or indoor unique settings like
Novus Singapore National Musuem http://www.mountfaber.com.sg/index.php?option=com_video
Seb’s Bistro https://www.facebook.com/sebsbistroevents
White Rabbit (My dream location if it wasn’t so expensive) https://www.facebook.com/TWRsg

Be creative! DIY as much as you can to save cost on where you can.
I don’t have any info on the restaurants I have list above because I don’t need it! Unless I take up the challenge to become a full time wedding planner – targetted at budget brides specifically. Would any of you hire me? 🙂 I won’t cost much, for now.

Speaking of more DIYs… I’m planning to put together my flower girl and bridemaids bouquets with fresh flowers on the day before the wedding. Am I cray or what. Anyone knows good DIY flower bouquet tutorials?


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